Denis O' Driscol B.Sc (QS), LLB (Hons), Dip.Arb., FCIARB, FRICS

Denis O' Driscoll & Associates,

56 Bridge Street,



Tel: +353(0)28 23056

Fax: +353(0)28 23942




  • Accredited Adjudicator (Republic of Ireland: CIArb)

  • Accredited Mediator (CIArb);

  • Accredited Dispute Board Member (RICS);

  • Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland;

  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales;

  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS);

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb);

  • Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (called to the Bar:1997);

  • Diploma in Arbitration (University College Dublin)(2003);

  • LL.B (Hons) (University of London)(1995);

  • B. Sc. in Quantity Surveying (1983); 

Career History

  • Principal of Denis O’Driscoll & Associates Solicitors, a boutique Irish law firm specialising exclusively in construction law and related matters. (2001 to date);

  • Employed by Squire & Co Solicitors (London) a firm specialising in construction related disputes;

  • Counsel for Daewoo Corporation (Building & Engineering Division) based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, regional headquarters for construction operations throughout south-east Asia;

  • Senior Consultant with Always Associates (London) representing clients in arbitration and preparing and defending construction claims;

  • Laing Management Contracting Limited; site based Commercial Manager on a number of Hospital and Commercial projects in the greater London area;

  • Quantity Surveyor with Costain Civil Engineering Limited site based on the construction of the M25 London Orbital Motorway and Marchwood Port, Southampton;

  • Trainee Quantity Surveyor with Cook & Butler Chartered Quantity Surveyors, London (1984).

Positions Held

  • Mediator (Law Society of Ireland);

  • Construction Industry Federation’s National Dispute Services Panel;

  • International Dispute Board Register (RICS);


Denis specialises in construction law and dispute resolution within the Irish construction industry. His clients include Local Authorities, Project Promoters, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers and Liquidators. Denis represents his clients in contentious matters both informally (mediation and conciliation) and formally (Arbitration, District, Circuit and High Court) in disputes to a value of €30 million. He also advises clients on a broad range of non-contentious matters: project documentation; procurement; building and engineering contracts (both standard form and bespoke); consultancy agreements, collateral warranties, bonds, defects (including pyrite issues), project mentoring, debt collection and insolvency. Denis’ 35 years experience, both as a construction professional and lawyer gives him a unique insight into construction disputes,that is being able to quickly identify and understand the technical issues at the heart of the dispute whilst having cognisance of the parties’ respective legal rights and obligations under the subject contract and/or at law.